10 07 20 | Business

Safe return to work for Stockport pubs, bars and restaurants

Safe return to work for Stockport pubs, bars and restaurants

As Government relaxed the lockdown rules for the hospitality sector, many pubs, bars and restaurants in Stockport reopened their doors to customers after 14 dry weeks.

The weather was anything but dry which had the potential to put licensees under pressure. While some bars chose not to open on a Saturday and opted to ease back at a quieter time, what had been dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ and approached with caution, turned out to be ‘Safe Saturday’ as the majority of pub and bar goers respected and followed the measures that had been introduced to keep everyone safe.

Steve Pilling from the Produce Hall in Stockport’s Market Place said:

“Comparatively speaking, we had very low sales over the weekend with a very appreciative and well-behaved crowd. The poor weather was a major factor in keeping things sensible so, with good weather forecast for this coming weekend, we will have to wait and see although we now have a ‘barometer’ and the benefit of a practice run.”

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said:

“It was great to see families being able to go out and enjoy a meal or quiet drink following the reopening of our pubs and restaurants last weekend. I would like to congratulate our local businesses for the planning and organisation they had put in place ensuring residents can go out for a drink or a meal with friends with clear guidelines showing how to stay safe.

We would also like to thank Stockport residents for observing the new rules and helping to ensure that everyone can enjoy a night out in safety.”

The Edgeley and Cheadle Heath neighbourhood policing team were on duty over the weekend working extended shifts as part of the pre-planned policing operation covering the further easing of lockdown and re-opening of our local pubs and bars. Commenting on their Facebook page, they observed:

“Our team have been extensively patrolling the area on foot patrol and we are pleased to report that the vast majority of returning punters have enjoyed themselves in a responsible way.”

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